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Thu, 4 May 2017 16:31:53 +0100
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WIAS Seminar: Capitalist Piracy? Creative Industries, ‘Free’ Knowledge and
Cognitive Exploitation

Fri 26 May 2017
18:00 – 20:00

University of Westminster
309 Regent Street, UG04
London W1B 2HW

WIAS seminar and book launch of “Knowledge in the Age of Digital
Capitalism” by WIAS Research Fellow Dr Mariano Zukerfeld

What are the underlying relations of intellectual property, physical
property and capitalism from a materialist standpoint? How can the dynamics
of capitalism be explained by the concepts of regulation, expropriation and

Whilst exploitation through reproduction is certainly a key element in
digital media industries, this kind of exploitation is nothing new. It was
also instrumental in shaping society’s economic processes during the
Industrial Revolution and the era of Taylorism, in the development of the
US publishing industry, through to Microsoft and today’s YouTube.

Drawing upon insights from his new book Knowledge in the Age of Digital
Capitalism: An Introduction to Cognitive Materialism, Mariano Zukerfeld
will discuss how the creative industries took off, how they were propelled
by unremunerated knowledge, and how they continue to be so today.
Conclusions are offered for discussion in respect to alternative
approaches. The aim is to foster a fresh understanding of capitalist
exploitation and of how the processes surrounding knowledge might inform
future thought.
Refreshments will be served.

Knowledge in the Age of Digital Capitalism: An Introduction to Cognitive
Materialism is available from the University of Westminster Press from 26
May 2017. The book is part of series “Critical Digital and Social Media
Studies”, edited by Christian Fuchs (WIAS).

Dr Mariano Zukerfeld is a researcher at the National Scientific and
Technical Research Council (CONICET), Buenos Aires, Argentina. Whilst based
at Westminster Institute for Advanced Studies (WIAS) 3 April 2017 – 31 May
2017, Mariano is working on a project focusing on the exploitation of
online teachers in informational capitalism.

To register:

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We still have seats left for Digital Objects, Digital Subjects – An
Interdisciplinary Symposium on Activism, Research & Critique in the Age of
Big Data Capitalism on May 20-21 in Little Titchfield Street, London:

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